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EarthLink, Webroot Report Spyware Doubling In Second Quarter

Spyware & Adware is on the rise according to popular ISP EarthLink and Adware remover Webroot. Together the two companies have scanned over 2.1 million computer systems, and have found 54.8 million traces of Spyware & Adware. This comes as the third SpyAudit report from EarthLink and Webroot. As they continue to work together to help eliminate Spyware & Adware.

Spyware continues to plague computer users, according to numbers released Wednesday by Internet provider EarthLink and anti-adware vendor Webroot. The firms' third joint SpyAudit report noted that although the incidence of spyware's most dangerous forms -- systems monitors such as key loggers and Trojans that can open the machine to hacker hijacking -- dipped slightly from May to June, it nearly doubled from the first to the second quarters of 2004.

In the first quarter, SpyAudit found some 253,00 pieces of spyware it categorized as system monitors or Trojans, while during the second quarter the number jumped to approximately 447,000. So far this year, the pair have scanned approximately 2.1 million systems and detected an astounding 54.8 million pieces of spyware and adware. The average number of such programs on each PC: 26.5, a number that's remained fairly stable since the first of the year when the two companies began their scans.

News source: TechWeb

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